What happens when a self-driving car is pulled over?
A Cruise self-driving car was pulled over which led to a confusing and slightly humorous encounter
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“This weekend the Philadelphia Orchestra will be sharing the stage with a giant computer.
At the center of Verizon Hall’s stage in the Kimmel Center stands a 40-foot tall, white monolith reaching the ceiling. It is a digital screen with 8.2 million pixels, each controlled by artificial intelligence.
As the orchestra plays Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” the screen comes alive with swirls and cascades of color. At times it looks like a melting cathedral; other times it appears to be an exploding woven rug.
The computer has not been specifically programmed to do this. Rather the electronic brain is hearing and responding to music on its own, in real time.” - Peter Crimmins, Reporter Learn More from WHYY >
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is now capable of creating plausible images of people, thanks to websites such as This person does not exit, as well as non-existent animals, and even rooms for rent.
The similarity between the mocked-up images and reality is such that it has been flagged up by research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), which compares real faces with those created through an AI algorithm known as generative adversarial networks (GANs).
Not only does the research conclude that it was hard to distinguish between the two, it also shows that fictitious faces generate more trust than real ones.” - Laura Camacho, Author Learn More from El Pais >
What we're reading.
1/ 🚗 A Cruise self-driving car was pulled over by San Francisco police after failing to turn its headlights on. This led to a… um… confusing and slightly humorous encounter. Learn More from TechCrunch >
2/ 👕 Researchers at Northwestern University have created a t-shirt that makes the wearer invisible to facial recognition technology. Learn More from UNILAD >
3/ 🍪 Researchers from Google and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a system that is able to reliably disable non-essential cookies, automatically. Could this lead to the end of all of those pesky cookie popups we now see 100s of times each day? Learn More from The Next Web >
4/ 🩺 The FDA has issued an advisory that AI and machine learning technology CADt devices are not intended to replace diagnostic assessments by trained radiologists. Learn More from Diagnostic Imaging >
5/ 🤖 More than two dozen industry experts have been appointed to a committee that will be advising President Joe Biden on the shaping of an AI policy. Learn More from Axios >
6/ 👀 The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into ID.me, the facial recognition software that was required - and then wasn’t - for people accessing their tax records and unemployment assistance. The House is looking into efficacy and security of the software. Learn More from The Washington Post >
7/ ⚡️ Razer and Lambda have joined forces to create a $3,500 laptop that they say is 4x faster than a MacBook Pro with a M1 Max chip when performing machine learning related tasks. Learn More from Gizmodo >
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